Self-control is priceless.
The Apostle Paul wrote that “…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:22-24) Peter wrote, “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance.” (2 Peter 1: 5-7) In Titus 2:11-13 we read, “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,” Lack of self-control led Saul to lose the kingdom and Samson to lose his strength. It impacts careers, marriages, and finances. Proverbs 25:28 says “Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.”
Now if you struggle with financial self-control, track your spending and analyze your expenditures. Automate saving. Stop using credit and avoid places or people who encourage you to overspend. Say “No” to your wants so you’ll gain the priceless benefits of this fruit of the spirit. Ask the Lord to give you restraint of your emotions, impulses and desires. Then develop self-control with consistent practice!
And if your lack of self-control has caused credit card debt, I recommend Christian Credit Counselors. They’ll create a debt management plan just for you. For more information call the Crown Helpline: 800-722-1976 or visit online at crown.org/ccc.